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German tourists killed in freak ferry accident at Genoa harbour

AFP · 27 Sep 2010, 08:23

Published: 27 Sep 2010 08:23 GMT+02:00

Witnesses cited in the Italian media said that the tourists' car, the third off the ferry, was on the ramp in reverse gear when the ferry moved forward, causing the car to plunge into sea.

Rescue workers were unable to get to the couple in time to save them.

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Moby Line, which owns the ferry, said it could not exclude "human error" in the tragedy. The ferry had just arrived from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, port officials said.

Your comments about this article

08:42 September 27, 2010 by Joshontour
Italian ferries sure look like cruise ships. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this tragedy. Drowning is near last on my list of preferred ways to exit.
11:32 September 27, 2010 by domiDDD
Sad, and a scary way to go.

Now the gov´ts gonna ban cruise ships
12:20 September 27, 2010 by moistvelvet
Now lets not jump to conclusions, yes it is a photograph of what looks like two cruise ships, but since when does The Local use photographs that have anything to do with the article? ;-)

In fact on closer inspection, they are cruise ships and not ferries!

But I am puzzled as to why a car was reversing off a ferry, or was it reversing back onto the ferry as the gap was widening?
14:14 September 27, 2010 by The Local Germany
@ Joshontour and moistvelvet

At the time this story was posted, there was only a file photo of the Genoa port available, as the roll-over caption indicated. This afternoon DPA acquired photos and we've updated both the image and caption.
14:56 September 27, 2010 by mehta_p
sad incident...

i hope, more precautions (by announcements or better service) will be taken.
15:51 September 27, 2010 by moistvelvet
@The Local Germany, thanks I've noticed that now, it seems I have this thing about the photos you attach to articles, some are quite bizarre, but I guess you can only use what you are given eh! :-D
18:34 September 29, 2010 by parografik
Well, to add to that, the lack of captioning can be a bit frustrating, i.e. the google streetview shot of the English girl pretending to play dead.

As in the case of cruise ships for a story about a ferry accident, a stock photo of Genoa Harbor is inadequate and lazy. I illustrate e-mails to friends more accurately than that.

Otherwise, I love the local and the community online.
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